Too often people of this world think in terms of the more.
We humans are sadly prone to this insatiable hunger.
And, since the church is, in fact, made up of us fallible humans, it stands to reason that this intense scratching in the gut spills over into the church.
Shouldn’t, of course. But does.
And what do churches generally want more of?
Well, some-not all-but, some want more state-of-the-art.
Veritable shopping malls for buildings.
The gift shop, the coffee shop, the three-story playhouse for the kiddies.
The smoke machine, the laser lights, the drummer on display behind plexiglass.
Always adding more fundraisers to add more things…
More cool trappings to add more bodies in the cushy seats.
Because more is always better, right?
Well, I hate to burst any bubbles or come across too harshly, but, umm… no.
More means more people going to our church doing more awesome Jesus things!
That can’t be bad!
Yeah, but, it’s not necessarily a given that more are actually getting to know Jesus there.
For how many are there without the saving knowledge of Christ?
How many drift through without true discipleship?
But, but, there’s lots of people! That’s revival, right?
Oh, I know so many churches, even many fellow believers, that picture revival in huge waves of people, that if only we could get more numbers, that we could see more happening for Christ.
But substance sacrificed for more numbers isn’t what brings about revival.
Because, revival doesn’t really begin with a mass of people.
Revival begins with one.
But, but, Jesus preached and there were thousands!
Peter added thousands, too!
Billy Graham crusades! Thousands!
Yes, that’s so. But, there was still a need for each soul to experience that individual heart change.
And, then, to be discipled after.
Jesus always, always, even in the press of a crowd, took time for the one.
Just ask the woman with the issue of blood.
Ask the disciples He so often took aside to teach deeper understanding of His truth, to ensure they were getting it.
Ask countless others who met Him and had a radical change not because of some fancy happening, but because of the one on one.
For, without taking notice of the one, it’s just far too often a case down the road of :
Whatever happened to so-and -so?
I dunno. They came to the big get-together a while back, the worship was really cool, there were lots of people! So-and-so went forward to pray, I think, but, all of a sudden, they stopped coming.
We can’t, of course, reach all and keep track of every one.
But, in the quest for more numbers, it can be especially hard.
For the one can be much easier to lose in the mass when our heart’s not on the revival of that one.
Now, it behooves me at this point to note that I know these major revivals some speak of are not likely if we know our scripture, particularly end time scripture.
But, still-if we could all learn to care about the one, how much more change could we really see for the whole?
It’s worth more than a passing thought.
Lord, help us to not lose sight of the ones you put in our path for the sake of wanting more. I know times are not destined to improve in the here and now, but, still, revive our hearts. One by one.
Thanks for reading. Blessings and prayers, friends!